What are your honest thoughts on the Donald Trump tape?
Does the tape prove that Donald Trump sexually assaults or has intent to sexually assault women?
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I am not a Donald Trump supporter. Trump is not fit for the role of president and commander in chief of the USA. This doesn’t stop me from being objective where criticism of him is concerned. For all the illogical and stupid things he says he also comes up with a few pointers and questions that are accurate and insightful. This is why I am able to look at the Donald Trump tape scandal without any significant prejudice and come to the conclusion that whatever is going on in that tape certainly does not prove intent or desire to sexually assault anyone.
In 2005 Donald Trump was recorded during a private conversation with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. They were arriving via bus on the set of one of my favourite TV shows, Days of our Lives, preparing for Trump’s cameo appearance. This conversation took place whilst they were waiting to be greeted by actress Arianne Zucker, who plays Nicole Walker.
If you have not yet seen the video please take the time to watch it before you contribute your opinion:
Lewd and vile are some of the words used to describe it. Everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to Australian social commentator Waleed Aly have denounced it as sexual assault. Regarding the content of the video, I would say that critics have no idea what the basics of sexual assault actually are. They may also be taking the sanctimonious path and are pretending to not know what sexual assault is all about.
The worst thing I could say about Donald Trump in this video is that it’s full of his overbearing ego, vanity and narcissism. He enjoys boasting about the strength of his power and position. The bragging in order to impress a fellow male is where this becomes especially trite. That’s what I find problematic about it, not the content but the choice of delivery and presentation.
Donald Trump issued what seemed to an apology, ”I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize”. But he called the concern over it a distraction. He also discussed the sexual assault claims against Bill Clinton and the alleged attacks and intimidation inflicted by Hilary Clinton on Bill’s victims. He summed up the tape as “locker room talk”. I don’t feel he had anything to apologize for. The backlash against the tapes is a backlash against human sexual nature.
I think part of analyzing this video is thinking about what Trump’s words actually could mean. ‘Trying to have sex with women’ is being perceived as sexual assault. On the tape he spoke about “trying to fuck” women, including married women. Though hitting on married women might be immoral, “trying to fuck” doesn’t necessarily mean that you attempt to insert yourself into a woman and take her by force. It often means that you had a desire for having sex with her, you flirted, showed interest, made a pass and it did not work. She was not receptive. When you report your failed conquest to your friends the standard line is often “I tried to fuck her, but it didn’t work”.
As for Donald Trump’s interest in “kissing women straight away and not waiting”, this does not necessarily mean that he forcibly plants kisses on women upon meeting them without consent. I’ve certainly kissed women at nightclubs and parties where there has been little to no dialogue very soon after meeting them or the kiss itself was a form of introduction. A woman accepting that kiss is consent, despite her reasons for accepting it. Rich and powerful men often have women procured for them. There is a clear expectation that sexual relations will happen. He knows it and she knows it. Why not get right down to business?
“Grab them by pussy, when you are a star they let you do anything”. If women LET HIM grab them by the pussy, once again we have consent. Countless women have lined up to offer themselves to Donald Trump including the likes of Melania and Ivana Trump, and Marla Maples. A declaration of fondness for grabbing pussy or genitalia is merely expressing one’s sexual desires.
I’ve often told my friends that I love grabbing onto a pussy and other various body parts. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT’S DONE BY FORCE AND WITHOUT CONSENT. Consent does not only come in verbal format. If you have ever had sex or engaged in sexual activity you would know that there is more than one way to give consent to a sexual move.
Ultimately I see no clear evidence of sexual assault or the desire for sexual assault in this tape.
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